Dirt Ring Left Around Top Of Washer Basket

by Stinson

I just moved into a house with a GE Washer WDSR2080D5WW. The inside of the washer was dirty, so I scrubbed it with Pine Sol. Then I let it fill with hot water, added Pine Sol and did a wash cycle - twice. Yet, when I washed a load clothes there was a dirt ring at the top of the washer basket again. So the dirty water seems to be coming back into the machine... What is the problem? And is there a do it yourself fix for this problem? Thanks.

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Hi Stinson,

I am going to assume you don’t have dirty water from the source.

It is not unusual to get a water line in the spin basket at the most frequent water level. However if you got rid of the water line then it came back then the washer tub may be dirty. What I recommend doing is to first clean the washer with washer cleaner. Simply put the cleaner in the washer and run a cycle. Affresh™ Washer Cleaner

This cleaner is primarily for front loaders but it may help your top loader problem as well.

If this doesn’t work you can dissemble the washer and clean it piece by piece. This page will help with that GE Washer Disassembly

You may also want to take the hoses off and clean or replace the strainers in the hoses.

Thank you,

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